Projit B. Mukharji

Projit B. Mukharji
Assistant Professor
Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies
PhD, University of London
MPhil, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
MA, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
BA, Presidency College, Calcutta
Contact Information
Office Address: 
326 Claudia Cohen Hall
215 898 8697
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Teaching Fields: 

Introduction to STM in Colonial India, Comparative Medicine, Asian Medicines, Science & the Supernatural

Research Interests: 

Postcolonial Technoscience, Colonial Medicine, Indigenous Medical Traditions, Subaltern Science, Everyday Technologies, Race Science

Selected Publications: 

Nationalizing the Body: The Market, Print and Daktari Medicine. Anthem Press: London, 2009. 368pp.[PB 2011, Indian Edn. 2012]


Co-Editor, Medical Marginality in South Asia: Situating Subaltern Therapeutics (Intersections: Colonial and Postcolonial Histories). Routledge UK: Abingdon, 2012, 224 pp. [with David Hardiman]

Co-editor, Crossing Colonial Historiographies: Histories of Colonial and Indigenous Medicines in Transnational Perspective. Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Newcastle upon Tyne, 2010, 280pp. [with Waltraud Ernst and Anne Digby]

Co-editor, Football: From England to the World. Routledge, London, 2008, 156pp. [with Dolores Martinez]

Chapters in Books
“Pharmacology, ‘Indigenous Knowledge’, Nationalism—Few Words from the Epitaph of Subaltern Science”, in Mark Harrison and Biswamoy Pati eds., Society, Medicine and Politics: Colonial India, 1850-1940s. Routledge, London, 2009, pp. 195-212.

Journal Articles

"Swapnaushadhi: The Embedded Logic of Dreams and Medical Innovation in Bengal", Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, [Forthcoming]

"From Serosocial to Sanguinary Identities: Caste, Transnational Race Science and the Shifting Metonymies of Blood Group B, India c. 1918-60", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 51:2 (2014), pp. 143-76.

"Vishalyakarani as E. Ayapana:Retro-Botanizing, Embedded Traditions and Multiple Historicities of Plants in Colonial Bengal, 1890-1940", Journal of Asian Studies, 73:1 (2014), pp. 65-87.

"Munisipal Darpan: Imagining the Embodied State and Subaltern Citizenship in 1890s Calcutta", South Asian History & Culture, 4:1, (2013), pp. 1-17.

"In-Disciplining Jwarasur: The Folk/Classical Divide and the Transmateriality of Fevers in Colonial Bengal", Indian Economic and Social History Review, 50:3, (2013), pp. 261-88.

“The ‘Cholera Cloud’ in the Nineteenth Century ‘British World’: History of an Object-without-an-essence”, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Fall, 86 (2012), pp. 303-32.

“Symptoms of Dis-Ease: New Trends in Histories of ‘Indigenous’ South Asian Medicines”, History Compass, 9:12 (2011), pp. 887-99.

“Lokman, Chholeman and Manik Pir: Multiple Frames of Institutionalizing Islamic Medicine in Modern Bengal”, Social History of Medicine, 24:3 (2011), pp. 720-38.

“Babon Gaji’s Many Pasts: The Adventures of a Historian in a Counter-Archive”, Contemporary South Asia, 18, (2010), pp. 89-104. 

“Bangladeshe Ayurbed: Ekti Ashastriyo Itihaash” (Ayurveda in Bengal: A Non-Classical History) [in Bengali], Special issue on History of Medicine, Ababhaas (Bengali Journal), Calcutta, March (2009), pp. 112-20.

“Jessie’s Dream at Lucknow: Popular Memorializations of Dissent, Ambiguity and Class in the Heart of the Empire”, Studies in History, Vol. 24, No. 1, (2008), pp. 77-113.

“Going Beyond Elite Medical Traditions: The Case of Chandshi”, Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Vol. 2, No.2, (2006), pp. 277-91.

“Enframing Bangali Ayurbed: Going Beyond ‘Frontier’ Frames”, Journal of the Asiatic Society of Bangladesh(Humanities), Vol. 49, Number 1, June (2004), pp. 13-40.

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